A tyrosine hydroxylase assay in microwells using coupled nonenzymatic decarboxylation of Dopa

J. Robert Bostwick, Weidong Le

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Abstract

A radiometric assay for tyrosine hydroxylase employing a coupled nonenzymatic decarboxylation of l-[14C]Dopa formed from l-[14C]tyrosine has been adapted for performance in a 96 microwell culture plate. The method uses an easily manufactured plate holder to compress blotting paper impregnated with methylbenzethonium hydroxide against the top rim of each well. This forms isolated, airtight compartments in which 14CO2 is evolved and quantitatively absorbed into the blotting paper. The method is sensitive enough to detect the production of less than 5 pmol of 14CO2. A major advantage of this system is that cells can be grown in tissue culture and subsequently assayed for tyrosine hydroxylase activity in the same well. The method is more facile than previously devised procedures, allowing for the simultaneous assay of up to 96 samples totally contained in a single, compact, portable unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical Biochemistry
Volume192
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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